Cafe des Epices

A simple-looking bistro by the giant olive pots set back from the port behind the Hotel de Ville, but with food that packs great flavours. The menu changes all the time and is dedicated to the Mediterranean region. You choose from two starters, two mains and two desserts. Lunch menu 28 euros, chef’s dinner menu […]

La Villa

With its beautiful spacious garden exterior or cosy interior, this neighbourhood restaurant tucked away from the main thoroughfares is very popular with locals. That’s a good sign but it also means you have to reserve. Your reward will be friendly, quick service, and high-quality food. Unusually there are 3 chefs in charge of different parts […]

Les Trois Forts

The hotel restaurant in the high-end Sofitel Vieux-Port. Magnificent views of the harbour and MUCEM, impeccable service, and excellent cuisine, which make this expensive restaurant worth the money and one of Marseille’s best. Weekday 3-course lunch menu 50 euros, 3-course menu 75 euros, 5-course chef’s menu 95 euros.

Le Chalet du Pharo

A simple outdoor restaurant, with decent food – salads, grilled fish and so on – and affordable prices. But the reason you have to go there is for THE best views of Marseille, without a doubt. The Pharo is the headland opposite the MUCEM and Fort St Jean, so you can see these beautiful buildings, […]

Peron Restaurant

Chic restaurant with amazing views from its position overhanging the sea. Delightful inside or out, like being on a very still ship. The food is centred on what came out of the sea that morning. Sample dishes to waken your tastebuds: carpaccio of scallops with red pepper sorbet; red mullet and sea urchin; rascasse (scorpionfish) […]

Le Clos de la Violette

This restaurant confusingly also goes by the name of Esprit de la Violette. With a Michelin star this is an expensive gastronomic restaurant in a beautiful setting at the northern edge of the city. The chef only creates from seasonal ingredients. The garden setting, polished service and food cannot be faulted but it comes at […]

Le Formal

Rated as one of Aix’s finest restaurants, but try to get a table downstairs in the vaulted wine cellar – upstairs there are two or three tables that are lacking in atmosphere. The cooking here is innovative and inventive, as if there is an artist at work in the kitchen, which may not be to […]